Capzasin-HP (high potency) arthritis relief topical analgesic cream is one of many capsaicin-containing pain relief options.  It is advertised to be #1 doctor and pharmacist recommended for the treatment of joint and muscle pain.


What Is Capzasin HP Cream?

Capzasin-HP cream is a topical pain reliever.  It temporarily relieves pain from arthritis, simple backache, sprains, strains, bruises and cramps.  Many users also report that it is effective on any musculoskeletal pain.

It is a popular pain relief solution for many individuals, as it is effective, not habit-forming and has very few side effects.

The HP stands for High Potency.  This formulation contains 1% capsaicin, compared to other products with contain .25%.  The inactive ingredients are Benzyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Isopropyl Myristate, PEG 40 Stearate, Petrolatum, Sorbitol, and Water238-10.


How Does the Capzasin HP Cream Work?  

Capzasin-HP cream contains capsaicin.  Capsaicin is the ingredient in Chile peppers that causes the “hotness”.  Capsaicin relieves pain by temporarily desensitizing the pain receptors in nerve endings.

The directions state to use up to 4 times a day and massage into affected area until totally absorbed. It is also extremely important to remember to thoroughly wash your hands with soap, or wear gloves after applying.

Do not use Capzasin-HP on or near any open wounds, irritated skin, or mucous membranes.


Advantages of the Cream

Capzasin-HP creamis generally safe, effective, easy to apply, easily available, and has relatively few side effects.  Many users with chronic pain state that capsaicin is the only treatment that gives them a good measure of relief.  Since this formula contains 1% capsaicin, only a small amount is required.  The tube is easy to carry, and can be easily stored in a purse, desk, or bag.



Combining Capzasin-HP cream with any heat source will cause an excruciating burning sensation, possibly even blistering.  When using Capzasin-HP cream, you cannot use a heating pad, expose the area to direct sunlight, or wrap it tightly with a bandage. Users may experience a transient burning sensation when using.  This usually ends after a few days of use.

Most of the negative reviews for  Capzasin-HP cream were from users applying to much, users unfamiliar with capsaicin-contaning products,  or users with sensitive skin.

It is also extremely important to remember to thoroughly wash your hands with soap, or wear gloves, after applying, and to keep Capzasin-HP cream away from any open wounds, irritated skin, or mucous membranes.


Who Should Use Capzasin HP Cream?

Capzasin-HP cream is best used by people experiencing pain associated with muscle or joint injuries that want a topical form of pain relief or want to avoid the side effects of oral medication.  Many users feel that capsaicin is the only effective form of pain control available to them.

Who Should Not Use The Cream?  

You should avoid using Capzasin-HP cream if your painful area has an open wound,  is near an area that contains mucous membranes (eyes, nose, mouth or genitals), have sensitive skin, or if the area being treated will be exposed to heat, or if you experience a painful/irritation/redness reaction.

Children under 18, individuals with damaged nerve endings, or those unable to thoroughly wash their hands immediately after using. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also avoid using it, and use should be discontinued if you pain gets better after seven days before becoming worse. You should also avoid using Capzacin HP cream if you dislike the “hotness” of Chile peppers.

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